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Why visit the Walhalla Goldfields Rail Trail?
- Experience life as it was in historic Walhalla.
- Once one of Australia's richest towns and home to over 4000 gold seekers, this sleepy mountainside town is now frozen in time and is home to only 20 residents.
- Walk through the lovingly restored centre full of heritage buildings, try your hand at panning for gold, or take a tour of the surrounding area.
- Revel in the history that followed the discovery of Cohen's Reef, a three-kilometre vein of gold running through Walhalla.
- Learn about the tough lives of miners, pan for gold down at Stringers Creek, and then explore the old hotels, shops, school and churches built in the 19th century when the town was at its peak.
- Take a ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway. Enjoy the vibrant autumn trees, the beautiful Stringers Creek Gorge and colourful spring wildflowers.
- For something a little spookier, take a ghost tour at the old cemetery on the hill.
- A short rail trail in beautiful mountain countryside, featuring tall forests and the meandering Thomson River.
- An old mining area with the historic village of Walhalla close by.
- Ride the short tourist railway from Thomson to Walhalla
- Walk or cycle through steep cuttings with many twists and turns along the old railway formation
- Views of Thomson River
- At Erica, park at the recreation reserve. See the map for details; the trail can be hard to locate
- Junction of Tyers-Walhalla Rd and Walhalla Rd
- At Thomson, park at the restored railway station, then follow the small road between the station and the river. Follow the track at the end of the railway yard and climb steeply to the old railway formation.
Erica to Thomson (7 km)
Note: the section between Platina Station and Thomson Station is currently closed following a landslide
- From Erica, follow Station Rd past the caravan park on the former station site
- Cross the low-level bridge over Jacobs Creek and proceed to a cutting surrounded by mountain ash
- After 1.5km at Knotts Cutting (now filled in), follow the steep track to cross the Walhalla-Tyers road and rejoin the trail
- Follow the twists and turns alongside Nelson Creek to the horseshoe bend. This bend is so sharp that passengers at the back of the train would see the locomotive travelling in the opposite direction.
- A replica station has been built at Platina. After passing beneath a road bridge there are great views of the Thomson River valley
Note: Just before Thomson, detour around the site of two trestle bridges. You may need to dismount
Note: at the site of one of the missing bridges about 1 km before Thompson, there is a steep drop-off on a sharp bend with no warning signs or safety fence.
We acknowledge the Kurnai people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
Rail Line History
Gold was discovered at Walhalla in 1863, and created an impetus to build a railway. A campaign started in the 1880’s, but it wasn’t until 1910 that a narrow gauge line was built from Moe to Walhalla. However by the time the line was finished, the gold had started to peter out, and the miners used the railway to leave the area. The line was closed in stages, and the final section from Moe to Erica was closed in 1954. The wonderful concrete and steel bridge at Thomson was almost used by the army for demolition training, but a campaign by the Walhalla Goldfields Railway group finally succeeded in overturning that decision. The railway is open between Thomson and Walhalla with a collection of completely restored rolling stock, and bikes can be carried on board.
Walhalla Goldfields Railway at Thomson River bridge
Cutting between Erica and Platina
Trail near Knott's cutting
Platina to Thomson
Station shed replica at Platina
Erica - Platina (2006)
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